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June 9th, 2003, 05:37 AM
As far as I know the following buildings had been damaged during the 9-11 attack. What is their current status now?

1 Liberty Plaza
East River Savings Bank
3 World Financial Center
2 World Financial Center
1 World Financial Center
4 World Financial Center
N.Y. Telephone Building
90 West Street
Winter Garden of WFC
Millennium Hilton
Federal Bldg (90 Church Street)
130 Liberty St. (Bankers Trust Building


Matthias Noch

June 9th, 2003, 08:24 AM
1 Liberty Plaza is open.
East River Savings Bank was converted to a large retail store Century 21 years before 9/11, and is now open.
All WFC and Wintergarden are open.
Telco building is still undergoing repairs. Verizon said employees may return by the end of this year.
90 West St was sold after 9/11. New owners stated plans to renovate as a residential building. There is a thread on 90 West in this forum.
Millennium Hilton reopened last month.
Federal Building (Post Office) remains closed for hazardous material cleanup. The exterior is in good shape.
130 Liberty (Deutsche Bank) remains closed. Interior was contaminated, but NYC Dept of Environmental Protection stated it has been cleaned. Repair or demolition? Very little information from Deutsche Bank as to status. There may be an insurance dispute.

One building you didn't mention, Fitterman Hall, one block north of Federal building - owner (Borough of Manhattan Community College) stated that cost of renovation is greater than replacement. Possibly another insurance dispute.

June 10th, 2003, 12:07 PM
I cant belive that there considering demolishing 90 west street! It's a new york classic!

And even the deutche bank! Its not the most exiting building, but its part of the city and still a good building.

If they demolish all of the buildings that were damaged in 9/11 ecept for the wfc then the 'table top' of lower manhattan will have another 'hollow' in the skyline!

Jack Ryan
June 22nd, 2003, 11:25 AM
According to the New York Times on friday, The future of the old Bankers Trust Building at the site is no longer a question of if it should be razed but when and how. Supposedly they would have to wrap it tightly and dismantle it to contain any asbestos and other contaminents. Very, very costly.

June 22nd, 2003, 11:43 AM
And the demolition workers will have to be protected.

October 13th, 2003, 05:28 PM
What is the current status of Fiterman Hall? Repair or demolish? This building has been in the background of recent ground zero pics with its damaged area still shrouded, with a BMCC banner draped across. An insurance dispute is apparently the cause for the delay, but I have read nothing about this building in recent months.

Except for the Deutsche Bank saga, which has been well covered in the media, all the other major buildings damaged on 9/11 are under renovation/restoration or have been reopened.

October 14th, 2003, 10:23 AM
I went by yesterday. Fitterman Hall seems to have increased activity. It sat dormant following the attack, but I saw the street level of the building opened up (that is the plywood was removed in some places). It appears some kind of work is underway....

Deutsche Bank it looks like huge sections of I-beams were removed from the gash.

October 14th, 2003, 04:02 PM
Fiterman Hall Overview:


Webpage with Photo:


News Item (This article is undated, but it states that the future of Fiterman Hall is tied up in insurance claim litigation and negotiations):


July 3rd, 2004, 11:28 PM

Renovation Near Complete On Post Office Closed Since 9/11

by Etta Sanders


Because of the pervasive contamination, so many sheets of stamps had to be disposed of that it took weeks to inventory and shred them all. The Postal Service would give no dollar figure for the amount of stamps and cash that were lost.

The day after the terrorist attack, postal inspectors and national guardsmen removed all the mail. They formed a human chain, handing bin after bin from person to person and on to trucks. From there the mail was taken to the James A. Farley post office building at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue to be sorted.

Seven hundred postal employees were reassigned. The World Trade Center alone had 10 postal carrier routes and received more than 85,000 pieces of mail a day. "More than some small towns have," said Postal Service spokeswoman Pat McGovern. Nearly three years after the World Trade Center ceased to exist as an address, the Postal Service still receives mail for the complex. That mail, mostly automated mass mailings, is marked "return to sender."

In the aftermath of the attack, residents and businesses from the seven Church Street station zip codes had to line up on 8th Avenue at the Farley post office to collect their mail. Gradually, as more of the Downtown area became accessible, mail carriers resumed their regular deliveries, traveling to their routes from midtown in vans or by subway. Post office box holders have continued to pick up their mail at the Farley station-but that will change next month.

In a room just off the south lobby, 4,000 new post office boxes were being installed late last month. When people pick up their mail, the room will look much as it did three years ago, though with the notable and disturbing difference in the view onto Vesey Street.

Although the hard work of rebuilding is nearly complete, moving in and gearing up the Church Street operation holds another challenge: not missing a day of delivery.

The last part of the move will take place over a weekend, so the carriers will make Saturday deliveries from midtown and then have everything in place for Monday deliveries from Church Street.

"There are a lot of details. Everything from having paper towels in the restrooms to getting the mail there, and everything in between," said McGovern.

For residents and business people who have been trekking to other Downtown post offices-Wall Street, Peck Slip and Canal Street-the reopening of the Church Street building is welcome news.

Jody Leight, a lawyer with an office on Vesey Street, who was shopping at the newly reinstated World Trade Center Greenmarket, said she was delighted.

"It will be the end of having to walk a mile out of my way to buy stamps," she said.

The first tenants, New York City Housing Authority employees, will return to the upper floors of the building this month.

The New York State Department of Health will also be moving into the building, although earlier this year more than 200 Health Department employees signed a petition protesting the move, because of concerns about safety and the anticipated noise and disruption from impending construction. The Legal Aid Society has permanently relocated.

As for the many customers and workers eager to return, McGovern said, "Pretty soon we'll be telling them 'Welcome home."'

July 28th, 2004, 11:13 AM

July 28, 2004

The post office across the street from the World Trade Center site reopens next week after extensive work to repair the damage it sustained in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, postal officials said yesterday.

The 15-story building at 90 Church St. was contaminated with asbestos, mercury, mold and other substances after the Twin Towers were destroyed.

Repairs included gutting the interior walls, replacing more than 800 windows and restoring the ornate marble lobby.

"We are excited to return this postal facility to the community," Postmaster Vinnie Malloy said. "In addition to the conveniences, [the reopening] will make a positive contribution to the regrowth of the downtown area."

The post office will open Monday, and a grand reopening ceremony will take place Aug. 19.

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July 28th, 2004, 11:38 AM


By Barbara Veith

Enshrouded in scaffolding and protective black netting, the 23-story Cass Gilbert skyscraper at 90 West Street stands at the southwest corner of Ground Zero, a silent witness to the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001 .

Built between 1905-1907, the landmark granite and terra-cotta-sheathed steel structure sustained massive damage when the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed. Falling debris raked the north side of the West Street building, damaging several large sections of the façade, piercing walls and igniting fires on 14 floors that raged for two days. Nearly 1,000 people were safely evacuated from the building, but tragically two perished while trapped in an elevator. Fortunately, the building's steel skeleton and thick terra-cotta fireproofing helped to contain the fires. Although much of the building was gutted and the electrical and mechanical systems as well as the copper roof were completely destroyed, some floors remained intact. During the weeks following September 11, while the building was structurally stabilized and weatherproofed, workers were able to salvage some documents from the offices. It will cost between $50- to $100-million dollars to restore the building, reported The New York Times on February 12, 2002.


Current view of 90 West Street's façade and mansard roof

Architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) was a driving force behind the development of the skyscraper in lower Manhattan. Early in his career, he trained at M.I.T., traveled in Europe and moved to New York City for a year to work as a draftsman for McKim, Mead, and White. He then moved to Minnesota, where he established his career, but later returned to New York City after winning the competition to design the United States Custom House (1899-1907) at Bowling Green in 1899. The Custom House is one of seven buildings designed by him that shape the cityscape of downtown New York today.

Stylistically and chronologically, the 23-story 90 West Street bridges the gap between Gilbert's 18-story classically embellished Broadway Chambers edifice (1899-1900) and his neo-Gothic 57-floor skyscraper, the Woolworth Building (1910-1913). The West Street building, commissioned by General Howard Carroll as a dockside commercial building for the shipping trade, was Gilbert's first skyscraper. His design emulates the tripartite division of a column, the 12-story shaft soaring upward from its base to a capital-like mansard roof embellished with ornate neo-Gothic details. Originally the upper floors housed an early counterpart of Windows on the World, the Garret Restaurant, then the world's highest.

With the full support of the present owners, the West Street building was granted individual landmark status on May 19, 1998. In February 2000, the owners applied to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to initiate a multi-million dollar restoration project to restore the façades, repair ornamental stone, terra-cotta and metalwork and scrupulously repoint the building and restore the copper mansard roof. Sadly, at the time of the terrorist attacks the work was over 90% completed and the building was fully rented out. In June 2002, Diane Jackier, director of community and government affairs at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, reported that the debris from the twin towers was still being cleared from the building. Once this phase is completed, the restoration of Gilbert's architectural landmark should begin anew.

MORE INFO http://www.nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM076.htm

July 28th, 2004, 12:26 PM
The above article is dated. More current info on 90 West can be found in this thread. (http://forums.wirednewyork.com/viewtopic.php?t=1165&start=15)

July 30th, 2004, 09:08 AM
Lower Manhattan Post Office, Wrecked During 9/11, Reopens

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JULY 29TH, 2004

The floors are shining at the Church Street Post Office, where crews are putting the finishing touches on a massive restoration project.

The facility sits across the street from the World Trade Center site. On 9/11 it was virtually destroyed: 800 windows were blown out and two fires ripped through the building. But after three years of serious reconstruction, the 67-year-old office looks brand new.

"The marble walls and floors which are original to the building have been replaced. We've put in new P.O. boxes. We've put in new equipment," said Pat McGovern of the United States Postal Service.

New equipment like automated postal centers.

The self service centers will allow customers to weigh, stamp and pay for their own packages 24 hours a day.

Postal employees will also be on hand at the service windows six days a week.

Since the September 11th, letter carriers have been working out of the James Farley Post office in Midtown and they weren't the only ones who had to jump on a train for postal services.

"Up until this time, box holders were going up to the Farley office to pick up their mail, now they'll have that convenience back in their own neighborhood again," said McGovern.

Post office officials believe the re-opening will direct more than just mail back to Lower Manhattan.

"We have employees, a couple of hundred of employees come to this building," said McGovern. We've got tenants upstairs on the higher floors. It's a 15 story building, so these people will most likely be shopping in the area, buying lunches, so we see it as a positive step for the downtown area."

Employees begin working from the Church Street post office this weekend and doors open to the public Monday.

– John Schiumo

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